David Schepps, violoncello

Cello professor at the University of New Mexico since 1999, David Schepps’ career includes concerti in the US and abroad (including the Calgary Philharmonic, Christchurch Chamber Orchestra–New Zealand, Orquestra Sinfonica de Veracruz–Mexico, New Mexico Symphony and Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque and unversity and community orchestras throughout the US). He did solo and chamber National Public Radio broadcasts (“Performance Today”), recitals at NY’s Lincoln Center Library, Washington DC’s Phillips Collection, in Mexico, Switzerland, Taiwan and England, concerts with the Parker (Grammy winners) and La Catrina string quartets, and at many venues in NM, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and at universities throughout the US. He is a member of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra (rotating principal), and Principal of Opera Southwest (Albuquerque).  He was principal of the Wichita, Santa Fe and Baton Rouge (acting) Symphonies; Assistant Principal of Phoenix Symphony; and played in L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva, Switzerland), Colorado and Kansas City Symphonies, Malaysian Philharmonic and Tulsa Symphony (acting principal). In summers he plays in the internationally acclaimed Grand Teton Festival, WY (since 1992), and played in the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, as principal of Arizona Opera’s Wagner Ring Cycles and Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, and as faculty of the Fairbanks (AK) Summer Arts Festival. A master class teacher internationally, he studied at New York’s Mannes and Manhattan schools of music, Arizona State University (Doctor of Musical Arts; thesis on Fournier’s interpretations of Beethoven), Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada) and the Yale/Norfolk (Connecticut) chamber festival. His cello teachers include Pierre Fournier, Timothy Eddy, Thomas Liberti (NY Philharmonic), Takayori Atsumi, postgraduate work with Harvey Shapiro and Alan Harris, and master classes with Starker, Nelsova, Harrell and Neikrug. Previous university appointments were Associate Professor and Fairmount String Quartet member at Wichita State University, and Cello and Bass instructor and faculty piano trio member at the University of Louisiana–Lafayette.


Audition repertoire:

1. Concerto 1st or last movement

2. Etude demonstrating technical level